FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

Corrientes GRAND SLAM | 22 - 26 mai 2013


Press release

Main draw field finalised for FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam

Brazil's Vitor Felipe goes high to cut the Mikasa past the block attempt by Switzerland's Jonas Kissling as Felipe and Evandro Goncalves won to qualifying matches Wednesday to advance to the main draw at the FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam.

Corrientes, Argentina, May 22, 2013 - It was quick and it was intense, but when it finished eight men’s and eight women’s teams have advanced from Wednesday’s qualifying rounds to Thursday’s start of the 32-team main draw at the $440,000 FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam double-gender tournament. Two men’s teams from Austria and one each from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland, along with women’s teams from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Kazakhstan and the United States advanced.

A total of 28 men’s and 18 women’s teams battled in the single-elimination qualification tournament Wednesday to determine the final eight spots in their respective 32-team main draw fields as the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour resumed in South America after a two-week layoff. Main Draw round-robin four-team pool play starts Thursday morning. Pool Play will conclude with a single-elimination bracket for the final 24 teams. With the event being held for the first time in Corrientes the purpose-built site is located on the sands of Arazati Beach – Costanera Sur.

Main Draw pool play matches are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, continuing under the lights with the final match of the day starting at 9 p.m.

Men’s teams advancing to the main draw ‘money rounds’ were Austria’s Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst and Robin Seidl/Alexander Huber, Brazil’s Vitor Felipe/Evandro Goncalves, Germany’s Eric Koreng/Alexander Walkenhorst, Italy’s Paolo Ingrosso/Matteo Ingrosso, Russia’s Konstantin Semenov/Yaroslav Koshkarev, Sweden’s Stefan Gunnarsson/Hannes Brinkborg and Switzerland’s Philip Gabathuler/Jonas Weingart.

For the women, the eight team’s advancing were Austria’s Barbara Hansel/Katharina Schutzenhofer, Brazil’s Maria Clara Salgado/Carolina Salgado, Canada’s Sarah Pavan/Heather Bansley, Germany’s Julia Grossner/Victoria Bieneck, Great Britain’s Zara Dampney/Lucy Boulton, Italy’s Daniela Gioria/Laura Giombini, Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova and USA’s Emily Day/Summer Ross.

The lighted stadium court has been built to seat 7,500 spectators. With competition on the final four days schedule into the evening, the women’s semifinals and medal matches will be held on Saturday with the men’s semifinals and medal matches closing the tournament on Sunday. Play the first four days is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. local time on Sunday for the men’s final four matches.

Among the advancing men’s teams, the top four-seed qualification teams - both Austrian teams along with Russia and Germany had first-round byes and won their second round matchups to move forward. In the final match of the day, Germany’s Koreng/Walkenhorst came from behind to hold off a strong effort by France’s Eduoard Rowlandson/Andy Ces to advance, 21-14, 21-19, 17-15 in 55 minutes.

Brazil’s Felipe/Goncalves, Italy’s Ingrosso brothers, Sweden’s Gunnarsson/Brinkborg and Switzerland’s Gabathuler/Weingart each had to win two matches to earn their main draw spots.  In the biggest seed-breakthrough of the day, Sweden’s 12th-seeded Gunnarsson/Brinkborg went three sets in the advancement round to upset fifth-seed qualifiers Marco and Esteban Grimalt of Chile, 21-16, 22-20 in 36 minutes.

On the women’s side, all eight advancing teams needed to play just one match to earn main draw position, though three went to three sets. In the longest women’s match of the day at 54 minutes, Canada’s Pavan/Bansley outlasted Switzerland’s third-seeded qualification team Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Vergé-Dépré, 14-21, 29-27, 15-13. In another of the women’s three-setters, an All-American matchup, USA’s Emily Day/Summer Ross overcame compatriots Jennifer Fopma/Brooke Sweat, 21-12, 14-21, 15-10 in 45 minutes.

Visiting Corrientes for the first time, the FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam is the fourth all-time FIVB World Tour men’s event, first FIVB World Tour women’s tournament and first FIVB World Tour Grand Slam in Argentina. Argentina’s men’s world tour events were all held in Mar del Plata (1998, 1999, 2000) and a men’s FIVB Satellite event was also held there in 2004. In 2005, Buenos Aires was the site of a double-gender FIVB Satellite event.

As the host nation, Argentina received three teams in each gender pre-positioned into the main draw. For the men, Argentina’s teams are Ian Mehamed/Julian Amado, Pablo Bianchi/Pablo Suarez and Juan Zorrilla/Facundo Del Coto. The women’s teams pre-positioned from Argentina are 2012 Olympians Ana Gallay/Maria Zonta, Natalia Flaviani/Georgina Klug and Alejandra Graino/Florencia Di Cesare.

In the men’s qualification tournament for Argentina was Santiago Etchegaray/Angel Verzzali. Etchegary/Verzzali were eliminated by Sweden’s veteran duo of Stefan Gunnarsson/Hannes Brinkborg, 21-11, 21-14 in 34 minutes.

The gold medal teams in each gender in the FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam will each split $33,000, the silver $22,000, the bronze $16,500 and fourth place $12,900. The women’s medal matches will be held on Saturday and the men’s medal matches on Sunday. The FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam will be the 286th FIVB men’s event since the FIVB began play in 1989 and the 248th FIVB women’s tournament since they started in 1992.

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

27.05.2013 01:59:50
Latvia grabs FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam men’s gold medal

Corrientes, Argentina, May 26, 2013—Striking fast and hitting hard, Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins powered past the stiff challenge f... More...

26.05.2013 22:12:04
Latvia vs. United States for FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam gold

Corrientes, Argentina, May 26, 2013—With tough-as-nails teams battling across the net, Saturday afternoon’s men’s semifinal matches have set&nbs... More...

26.05.2013 03:49:36
Netherlands’ Meppelink/van Gestel win women’s gold at FIVB Corrientes

Corrientes, Argentina, May 25, 2013—After starting play Saturday in the sun-soaked sand and finishing in the evening under a pleasant Argentinean sk... More...

26.05.2013 01:01:30
Brazil, Italy, Latvia, United States in men’s final four at FIVB Corrientes

25.05.2013 19:00:59
Women’s final four field set at Corrientes Grand Slam

25.05.2013 16:55:35
Men’s Corrientes Grand Slam quarterfinals confirmed

25.05.2013 08:52:43
Corrientes Grand Slam enters business end

25.05.2013 03:28:19
Women’s final matches at FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam Saturday

25.05.2013 00:31:23
Men’s FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam down to 16 teams

24.05.2013 18:51:51
Men moving to single-elimination at FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam

24.05.2013 16:22:20
Women’s FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam finishes Pool Play

24.05.2013 03:42:23
Men’s Pool Play upsets numerous at FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam Thursday

24.05.2013 03:14:42
FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam women’s pool play hot on chilly day

22.05.2013 04:38:55
28 men’s, 18 women’s duos set for Corrientes qualifying

21.05.2013 12:00:00
Former world champ Baracetti expects US-Brazil medal chase

20.05.2013 09:33:14
Argentina hosting World Tour at FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam

17.05.2013 22:33:48
Argentina rich beach volleyball history about to get richer

16.05.2013 14:38:12
Switzerland’s Gerson-Prawdzic warming up well for Corrientes

16.05.2013 13:40:52
Alison & Emanuel plan 2013 World Tour debut in Corrientes

14.05.2013 22:27:13
Corrientes preparations in full force for the FIVB Grand Slam

08.05.2013 17:08:10
Teams confirmed for Corrientes Grand Slam

03.05.2013 17:23:58
National Federation list confirmed for Corrientes Grand Slam

03.05.2013 10:03:34
Zonta and Gallay spurred on by London experience

26.04.2013 09:10:55
Volleyball standout Sarah Pavan to join Canada's beach volleyball programme

25.04.2013 21:50:35
Corrientes Grand Slam officially launched

05.04.2013 08:20:15
World Tour returns to Argentina for Corrientes Grand Slam